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Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 5:00 pm | Updated: 9:24 pm, Sat Jun 22, 2013.

A circuit judge had denied a motion to amend the bond for Jeffrey Weinhaus who was shot by Missouri Highway Patrol officers during an armed confrontation last year.

Weinhaus, who was acting as his own attorney, asked Judge Gael Wood last week to change his bond from $50,000 cash-only to $50,000 cash or surety bond which would have allowed him to put up property as security or pay a bondsman to post bail for him.

Judge Wood took the request under advisement following a hearing Thursday morning. On Friday afternoon, the judge issued a ruling denying the bond motion.

At last Thursday’s hearing, Judge Wood also denied a motion from Weinhaus to dismiss the charges against him but did grant a request to issue a gag order in the case.

That gag order prohibits anyone connected to the case from discussing it publicly, except for actions that occur in open court.

Weinhaus, 46, a longtime anti-law enforcement Internet blogger, remains in the county jail on the $50,000 cash-only bond awaiting trial.

He is charged with tampering with a judicial officer for allegedly making threats against a circuit judge in Crawford County, possession of morphine, misdemeanor marijuana possession, along with two counts each of attempted assault on a law enforcement officer and armed criminal action and one count of resisting arrest in the Sept. 11, 2012, confrontation at the MFA Station on Highway K south of St. Clair.

The two patrol investigators set up the meeting at the station on the pretext of returning Weinhaus’ computers that had been seized earlier. They allege that they fired after Weinhaus refused to get on the ground and started reaching for a handgun that was in a holster.

A Franklin County grand jury later issued indictments charging Weinhaus who was arrested last November at his first court appearance after recovering from his wounds.

Weinhaus’ trial in the case is scheduled to start April 30.

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